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Traffic surges on career websites

March 01, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

As job losses mount, more people -- including those who are still employed -- are turning to career-development websites, a new study found.

Nielsen Online reported a 20% increase in unique visitors to job-search and career-development sites in January -- 49.7 million, compared with 41.5 million a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 7.6% in January, the highest in more than 16 years.

People 65 and over represent the fastest-growing group among visitors to job sites.

CareerBuilder.com and Yahoo Inc.'s HotJobs site were the two most popular sites, followed by Monster Worldwide Inc.'s Monster.com. CareerBuilder.com is owned by Microsoft Corp. and newspaper publishers Gannett Co., McClatchy Co. and Tribune Co.

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